Rebecca: The area that you’re talking about, you know, Beaver Street there, there’s been a lot of changes there most recently, you know, you mentioned some of the buildings that have seen redevelopment, new things popped up. It ties in a little bit to your relationship with Louis and the last conversation that you had with him. Can you tell us about that?
Dylan: Yeah, it’s a sad, I mean it’s not sad, it’s actually pretty great to have that moment.
So, I remember December of ’15 there was a bit of a scare but it wasn’t clear. Mr. Appell’s condition… and he would never, ever speak of it. And after he was better, out of the hospital, January, February, he was still going’ to work, you know, 9 to 3, four to five days a week, 90 years old.
And he was going to work and I’d see him ’cause he drove right by my office. And it was… I’d like to say he passed in June, I think it was probably late April or early May… Downtown Inc had a…
It was Downtown Inc and Royal Square were invited to his box for a day game, a baseball game in the day. And he was sitting out front and like you know he would, he kept, he had one of those box scorers, he kept every single one. -And that’s how he tracked the game.
And so I remember seeing’ him there, and I had really exciting news because at the time our company had been courting Isaac’s Famous Sandwiches to move downtown. And it was hard to think that a regional chain would ever consider downtown. And we as a community had everybody there, invited them, and it was a really cool, collaborative effort to get them to commit to downtown.
And I remember goin’ up to him and sayin’ “Hey, Mr. Appell, how are you?”
And he said, “Hey, Chilly.”
And he always called my Chilly, it was my nickname.
And I said, “Mr. Appell, we got Isaac’s.”
He said, “What?”
I said, “Yep, it’s not quite signed but it’s a deal, I can tell ya’ that.”
He goes, “Get outta here. That’s awesome. Great job.”
I said, “Thanks, how are you doing’?”
And he said, “Well, I’ve got a beer, watching’ baseball in the middle of the day, can’t get much better than this.”
And I, it was great, and I said, “I’ll talk to you soon.”
That was the last time I got to speak with him. And you know what? That’s a great last way for me.
I mean, it was, it was, he was just an inspiration on so many levels. On so many levels. So and I truly wish now two-plus years since his passing that he could see what… It’s not just the building stock that’s changed, it’s the overall community, just excitement.
There’s an overall energy that you feel when you’re downtown, from the restaurants that are opening up to the people that are moving downtown to the businesses that are moving into the area. And it’s lasting commitment. There’s, I don’t hear as much speculation.